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Rodney Charles Fairchild
Rodney Charles FairchildWheatRodney Charles Fairchild, 76 of Marion, passed away Saturday May 14, 2022 at the Ganzhorn Suites in Powell.

He was born August 30, 1945 in Marion to the late Francis and Lois (Haldeman) Fairchild.

Rodney graduated from River Valley High School, class of 1963 and The Ohio State University in 1967, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rhoís Beta chapter at OSU. Rodney and Rita enjoyed attending many football and basketball games over the years, cheering on the Buckeyes.

He was a member of the St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Waldo.

Rodney was a lifelong grain farmer and raised sheep for many years. He was also a 6th grade teacher at River Valley, in the Caledonia and Waldo buildings, for 30 years. Rodney cherished all the lives he was able to touch as a teacher. He became a financial advisor with Whetstone Financial, LLC in Marion, and enjoyed his third occupation for 23 years.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Rita (Isler), they were married June 22, 1974 at the St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Prospect by her uncle, Rev. Paul Dobberstein. Also surviving is their son, Kevin (Krista) Fairchild of Maryville and granddaughters, Ella and Sophie. He is also survived by siblings, Gary (Patricia) Fairchild of Gainesville, Florida and Jane (Tim) Sharrock of Marion. In-laws, Janet (Max) Strine of Caledonia and Joan (Dean) Biery of Rawson and many extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday May 20, 2022 at 11:00 am at the St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Waldo, Pastor Jennifer Gonsalves will officiate. Burial will follow in the Prospect Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 pm at the church in Waldo.

Rodneyís family would like to extend a special thank-you to Kingston Residence of Marion, Ganzhorn Suites of Powell and Capital City Hospice for their kindness shown to Rodney and his family.

Memorial gifts may be made to the St. Paulís Lutheran Church, PO Box 162 Waldo, Ohio 43356 and or the Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr. Unit 170 Columbus, Ohio 43231

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Prospect is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.



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#1 from: Becky   Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, TX
Mon, May 16, 2022 at 12:05 PM

Rita & Family
Prayers are with your family.  Keep the great memories alive.
Love Ya
Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, Texas



#2 from: Marilyn Radel davis
Cardington
Mon, May 16, 2022 at 1:40 PM

Rita and family so sorrow to read of Rodney s passing.  I always watched for him when I drove by . My mother was related and thought a lot of his family. Iím struggle with mobility and will not be able to attend the funeral but thoughts of him, college and teaching will be remembered and may your memories help you heal in the days to come. Glad to know you have two granddaughters, we do too. What a blessing family is, remain strong .



#3 from: Amy Gould Huber
Marion, Ohio
Mon, May 16, 2022 at 4:41 PM

Mr Fairchild was my 6th grade teacher.  He made learning exciting.  I am sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.



#4 from: Rhonda Rivas
Dublin, ohio
Mon, May 16, 2022 at 5:13 PM

Rodney was my favorite teacher. He was special and he knew my family and I loved him. I have fond memories of him and his kindness.  His sense of humor and way of teaching was like none other. I will forever be grateful for him.  I hadn't seen him in a while but when I did see him he always knew me and always spoke. I will miss you Mr. Fairchild. Thoughts and prayers to the family.  You will be missed!



#5 from: Susan McElheny
La Rue
Mon, May 16, 2022 at 5:44 PM

Rita and family:
My condolences to each of you.  May you discover peace, comfort and strength in this difficult time.  



#6 from: Angela Hoffer-Young
Marion, Ohio
Mon, May 16, 2022 at 7:33 PM

Mr. Fairchild was one of the Best teachers I had with my short time at Caledonia. He was always so funny and energetic. I still have my autograph book he signed " In my garden of Memories, You will always be a weed. God Bless and keep. RIP







#7 from: Karen Hayden hill
Caledonia oh
Mon, May 16, 2022 at 7:47 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss.  Mr Fairchild was my 6th grade teacher at Caledonia elementary many Many years ago.  He gave me the Nickname Killer for the way I played volleyball.  He was a good teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



#8 from: The Markley Family
 
Tue, May 17, 2022 at 8:24 AM

Mr. Fairchild was such a Beloved Teacher..
Our thoughts and prayers are with you allÖ

The Markley Family



#9 from: john SZtanley
surerise az
Tue, May 17, 2022 at 10:28 AM

I am very sorry to read of Rodney s passing.  He was always upbeat, happy and a joy to be around.  He was an important part of our basketball team and meant a lot to all of us.  Blessings to his family.  Coach John Stanley



#10 from: James Mills
West Harrison, IN
Tue, May 17, 2022 at 10:46 AM

So sorry to hear of Rod's passing.  He touched many lives in a positive way over the years.  I knew he would be a good influence in all he did with his life. It seems like only last week we were at OSU in AGR together.  May GOD give the family PEACE during this time.  Rod will be missed but always remembered.



#11 from: Parker McLaurin
Toronto, Ontario
Tue, May 17, 2022 at 11:25 AM

Hello,  
I was a student of Mr. Fairchild at Waldo Elementary in the 1990s and he was a phenomenal educator.  I wanted to express my condolences to his family.  He was a remarkable and entertaining presence in the classroom and made learning a fun experience.  He was one of my favorite people at Waldo Elementary.  



#12 from: Lorraine Betz
Marion Ohio
Tue, May 17, 2022 at 12:14 PM

He was my favorite teacher at Caledonia. My prayers go out to all his family and friends.



#13 from: Pauline Oehler
Sun City West  AZ†
Tue, May 17, 2022 at 12:21 PM

Rita, Kevin and family
I was so saddened by your loss of Rod. He was such a wonderful person. I send my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you as you mourn his loss. May your faith keep you strong and may God wrap his arms around you and comfort you in the days ahead.  



#14 from: Ira D Roseberry
Hot Springs Arkansas
Tue, May 17, 2022 at 1:01 PM

My sympathies, I am so sorry to see this. I remember him as always smiling and helpful. Kind to everyone. At the reunions I was able to spend time talking with him, he never changed. Praying for his family this day.



#15 from: Sara Freeman  Herber
New Albany, Ohio
Tue, May 17, 2022 at 1:30 PM

Mr. Fairchild helped make new math tolerable and recess extra fun.  In later years....... when marching in a parade I could always count on him to embarrass me by calling out my name for all the world to hear while my face turned bright red. In my teaching career I have always made sure to build good and lasting relationships with my students just the way Rodney did.



#16 from: JIM & MADONNA KETCHAM
LANCASTER, OH
Wed, May 18, 2022 at 1:38 PM

OUR CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF RODNEY'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS.



#17 from: Shannon (Hanes) Self
Marion, Ohio
Wed, May 18, 2022 at 4:05 PM

Mr. Fairchild was one of my favorite teachers.  I had him in 6th grade at Caledonia Elementary.  I am sorry for your loss. May God be with him today.



#18 from: Betty Larcom and family
 
Wed, May 18, 2022 at 10:36 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Rod was such a good man. He always had a kind heart and was prepared for a fun conversation with all of us. You have our sympathy.



#19 from: Kevin&Teresa Fox
Marion
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 5:47 PM

Rita & Kevin & Family
So sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.
Rodney was a great person.
Will miss his conversations.



#20 from: Vicki Bell
Marion, Ohio
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 7:24 PM

The Fairchilds were one of the many special families the DeBolts grew up with at Central Christian Church. Fond memories of them sitting in a regular pew on the right side of the sanctuary, and fun conversations after the service are part of the wonderful Sunday traditions we remember so well. r
We offer our sincere sympathy to Rita, Gary, Jane and their families at this sad time. May you all find peace in the days ahead as you share stories and revisit the lasting contributions Rodney made to so many lives during his lifetime.



#21 from: Tom  and Dixie Lyon
Caledonia
Thu, May 19, 2022 at 8:16 PM

Rita, Kevin, and other family members we are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rodney. Tom shared such wonderful times kidding each other, stirring the pot, and keeping an eye on what was going in the schools. What a wonderful friend and fellow teacher. May God bring all of you peace and comfort at this time when family means so much to you all.



#22 from: Hal Clase
Waldo
Fri, May 20, 2022 at 12:13 PM

You have my sincere sympathy and also from our staff at  All Occasions.
Do you know if thereís anything that we can do donít be afraid to ask. Thinking of you, Hal



#23 from: Debbie Yoho
Columbus
Tue, May 31, 2022 at 5:14 PM

Mr. Fairchild was the first teacher to teach all three of us King kids, and we all have fond memories of him at Caledonia. My sister, who as an adult stayed in the area, said he always seemed appreciative if she saw him out and waved or stopped by to chat a moment. We were all touched when he came to calling hours for our father. He was a thoughtful, caring person and will be missed. Condolences to his family. Sincerely, Debbie King Yoho, Jennie King Heacock, and Mike King



#24 from: Jackie ray creamer
Huber Heights
Tue, Jun 7, 2022 at 6:21 PM

Mr. Fairchild was a wonderful educator and person. He made school fun and personal for all of his students.  
Jackie ray creamer




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